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SSSI Guidelines - Chapter 4 - Lowland Heathland 2018


Guidelines for the Selection of biological SSSIs

Part 2: Detailed guidelines for habitats and species groups

The statutory nature conservation agencies have a duty under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, as amended, to notify any area of land which in their opinion is 'of special interest by reason of any of its flora, fauna, or geological or physiographical features'. Such areas are known as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).

This Chapter covers a range of lowland heathland habitat types, such as dry or wet heathland, with varying nutrient and pH conditions. These guidelines provide the basis for selection of SSSIs for these heathland habitat features.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2018··

Alonso, I., Sullivan, G. & Sherry, J 2018. Guidelines for the Selection of Biological SSSIs. Part 2: Detailed Guidelines for Habitats and Species Groups. Chapter 4 Lowland Heathland. JNCC, Peterborough.

This chapter updates and replaces the previous Lowland Heathland SSSI Selection Guidelines chapter (Nature Conservancy Council 1989).

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Metadata date 2019·06·25

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